Faculty & Staff Brags

This Is No Humble Brag: TCC Faculty and Staff Rock!

This is not an exhaustive list of the many distinguished awards received by TCC faculty and staff in 2014. Please submit your 2014 awards to TCC.Brags@tccd.edu.

Terry Aaron

Director of Continuing Education Services, Southeast Campus

Received the Outstanding African American Alumni award, the alumni chapter’s highest honor for an alumna or alumnus during the 24th Annual African American Alumni Chapter banquet.

Tod Anderson

Adjunct Professor of ESOL, Northeast Campus

Received the Texas Adult Education Teacher’s Credential, presented at the 2014 Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education state conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Tramaine Anderson

Instructor of History, Northeast Campus

Completed the PATHS Forward leadership development program as part of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to prepare promising African-American professionals to participate as leaders in the local community.

Rebecca Balcarcel

Associate Professor of English, Northeast Campus

Her poem, “Kind of Purple,” appeared in the January issue of Voices de la Luna. Rebecca also was nominated to be president of Conference of College Teachers of English.

Christopher Blay

Instructional Assistant, Liberal Arts, Southeast Campus

Received the 2013 Moss/Chumley Artist Award presented by the Southern Methodist University Meadows Museum to an outstanding North Texas artist who exhibits professionally for at least 10 years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts.

Jeremy Byrd

Professor of Philosophy, South Campus

Awarded the 2014 Faculty of the Year Award at the Celebration of Excellence. His article, "Kant’s Compatibilism in the New Elucidation of the First Principles of Metaphysical Cognition," was included in Christopher J. Insole’s article, "Kant and the Creation of Freedom," and was published by Oxford University Press.

Candace Eldridge

Adjunct Speech Instructor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor for Beta Sigma Mu Chapter, Trinity River Campus

Honored with the 2014 Paragon Award for New Advisors presented by Phi Theta Kappa Society during NerdNation 2014, the annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Recipients were honored during the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon and the Hallmark Awards Gala.

Staussa Ervin

Assistant Professor of Psychology, South Campus

Received the 2013 Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership with the Fort Worth Sister Cities International. The award honors a member of the board who shows extraordinary dedication to the mission while providing exemplary leadership toward the organization’s goals.

Sean Foushee

Instructor of Graphic Communications, Northeast Campus

Notified by Adobe that TCC is one of two colleges in the state of Texas teaching Digital Publishing Suite. Foushee has been asked by Adobe to join the Adobe Educational Leaders program. He will travel throughout the state of Texas conducting workshops on DPS tools at community colleges and universities.

Tahita Fulkerson

President, Trinity River Campus

Honored as the 2013 Bold Woman of the Year on February 28 by Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County.

Aaron Gutknecht

Instructor of Mathematics, South Campus

His intricate maze artwork was chosen for display on a maze card for the 2014 TC2S4. Additionally, Gutknecht was chosen to install a creative maze mural in the north hall of the South Campus Nursing (SNUR) building.

Earline Green

Instructor of Art, South Campus

Nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award, which honors professors who demonstrate exemplary teaching in higher education across Texas. Green also was featured in a testimonial advertisement for Paragon Kilns.

Mark Hicks

Instructor of Computer Science & Information Technology, South Campus

Recognized for more than 10 years of participation and service in the Cisco Networking Academy Program by Harbrinder S. Kang, senior director of the Cisco Networking Academy at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Adrian Jackson

Publications Manager, Graphic Services, Trinity River Campus

Received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s First Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards for her historical fiction novel, "Kindertransport."

Amy Johnson

Adjunct Faculty, Child Development, Northeast Campus

Received one of four prestigious scholarships given by Texas Woman’s University at the 12th Annual Virginia Chandler Sykes Leadership Award Luncheon.

Peter Jordan

President, South Campus

College Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) elected Jordan to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of SACS Commission on Colleges, Class of 2016.

Paul Luyster

Associate Professor of Biology, South Campus

Selected as one of 10 national Bellwether Award finalists in the "Instructional Programs and Services" category at the Community College Futures Assembly for his presentation titled,"Increasing Student Success in Sciences without Sacrificing Rigor." Mr. Luyster serves as president for the South Campus Faculty Association.

Mark McClendon

Vice Chancellor for Financial Services, District Office

Received the Fort Worth Business Press 2014 CFO of the Year Award in the Education Category.

Tyson McMillan

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Trinity River Campus

The Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs (TASSSP) honored him as a 2014 Outstanding TRiO Achiever.

Julie Murphy

Library Specialist, South Campus

Published her first novel, "Side Effects May Vary." The South Campus Library and Student Development Services hosted a book signing in the Drake Café.

Adrian Rodriguez

Vice President for Student Development, Trinity River Campus

Honored with a 2014 Distinguished College Administrator Award, presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during NerdNation, the Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Magdalena de la Teja

Vice President for Student Development Services, Northeast Campus

Received the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the TACHE State Conference. Received the 2014 NASPA/Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Pillar of the Profession Award and the NASPA Community College Division National Community College Professional Award at the NASPA Conference in Baltimore, Md.

Modesta Lopez-Tollison

Assistant Professor of ESOL, Northeast Campus

Received the TACHE Distinguished Community College Faculty Award and elected to the State Board of TACHE as vice president of membership for 2014-2016 at the 39th Annual State Conference.

Laura Matysek Wood

Professor of History and Government, Northwest Campus

Awarded the Appleman Professional Development Award for the spring. Asked by a St. Edward’s University professor at the World History Association of Texas to present and work with her and her students in her Summer Abroad Program in Angers, France next summer.